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Sullivan considers use of ankle-bracelets to monitor some inmates

November 6th, 2013 11:27 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan considers use of ankle-bracelets to monitor some inmates

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County is moving closer to implementation of an ankle-bracelet monitoring system for some convicted or charged with nonviolent crimes.

The move is seen as a way to improve efficiencies in jail spending and stave off future expansions by reducing the inmate population at the oft-overcrowded county jail.

Inmates who meet a set of guidelines would be sentenced to serve time at home — or bonded out while awaiting trial — rather than taking up space, and using taxpayer-funded resources, in jail.

Sullivan County Commission Mark Bowery has been a proponent of such a program for several years.

On Wednesday, Bowery joined local judges, jail officials, and District Attorney General Barry Staubus to hear a presentation from a provider of ankle bracelets and a monitoring program.

Tennessee Recovery & Monitoring is a Chattanooga-based company that currently provides ankle bracelets and other monitoring devices in 72 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, TRM Director Scott Cranmore told the group.

Cranmore said TRM offers a foundation on which localities, such as Sullivan County, can build a home-monitoring program to suit local needs.

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